Over their lifetimes, television facilities must buy new equipment and expand. And soon they will have to bear the additional expense of making the transition to digital television. But, with the downturn in advertising revenue over recent months, not everyone can just sit down and write a check.
There are three key technologies involved in the display and presentation of weather on television today: radar, satellites and computers. The application of these elements in each market varies depending on local conditions and budget considerations.
Viacom's CBS, Disney's ABC, General Electric's NBC and other media companies filed a multi-million dollar suit against ReplayTV and its owner SonicBlue in late October. The companies took legal issue with ReplayTV for providing a feature that many viewers have been using on their VCRs since VCRs first hit the market.
Ask almost any war correspondent and they'll tell you that covering a story is the easy part — filing it is a much different situation. Today's network news directors expect their field reporters to feed their stories back in for broadcast promptly and even do live shots.